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Open enrollment for state classified benefits through May 17

April 10, 2013

The state's Department of Personnel and Administration is holding a benefits open enrollment period through Friday, May 17, for state classified employees.

two doctorsThe enrollment period provides state classified employees with an opportunity to change or add benefits for fiscal year July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.

Initial information from the state indicates that this open enrollment period is not mandatory for all benefit elections except flexible spending accounts, which require enrollment each year in accordance with IRS regulations.   

Open enrollment information

Some highlights of the enrollment period include:

  • Benefitsolver – You can sign up for new benefits or change your existing benefits for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) through the state’s online system, Benefitsolver. Log on to the Benefitsolver enrollment system before the beginning to open enrollment to ensure your user ID and password are current. 
  • Current Coverage – If you do not make changes, your current insurance coverage will continue into the new fiscal year, with the exception of any flexible spending account enrollment (this includes healthcare and dependent care accounts). You must enroll for a flexible spending account each year to use that benefit, even if you have enrolled for the current year. 
  • Medical Supplement Application Period – Low income state employees can apply for a supplement program that helps pay medical premiums. The Medical Supplement Program provides funds for qualified low-income state classified employees with children. State employees are can apply for this program because they are not eligible to enroll in Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus program, which is Colorado’s version of the federal program to provide health insurance for the children of low-income families. Funding for the supplement comes from a federal tobacco lawsuit settlement. Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, May 24. Information about this program and access to applications will be available on the state’s website by April 23.

Benefits fair and vendor presentations

The CSU Human Resources Office will sponsor the annual Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. At the benefits fair, employees can visit with vendors who sponsor insurance and retirement programs and learn more about the benefits they can choose.

The fair includes presentations and Q and A sessions on the medical and dental plan and PERA.  The Benefits Fair schedule and a list of regional open enrollment meetings for off-campus employees is at www.hrs.colostate.edu/pdfs/sc-oe-announce.pdf.

Benefit options and premium costs

The current legislative session is in progress and plan information and premiums will not be available until the Long Bill is completely finalized and approved by the Governor. The state’s benefits unit anticipates this information should become available before the open enrollment period.  

When the information is released, it will be posted at www.colorado.gov/dpa/dhr/benefits and on CSU’s HR website. An email also will be sent to CSU state classified employees from HR with information when it is available.  

Contact the CSU Human Resources Office at (970) 491-MyHR (6947) for more information about open enrollment.

 


Contact: Teri Suhr
E-mail: teri.suhr@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-MyHR (6947)